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Thursday, October 30, 2014

It Was Obama Who Called Netanyahu 'Chickenshit'

During Wednesday's White House press briefing Fox New's Ed Henry made a noble attempt to find out why the Obama Administration wasn't trying to discover which secret "senior official" was behind the now-famous leak to Jeffrey Goldberg calling Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu "chickenshit."
My question going back to the Israel story is, why then are you kind of sloughing off this idea that you kind don’t care who leaked that story that insulted of the prime minister of Israel? You have gone after reporters again and again in this administration to find out who leaked information to them. And then when it comes to insulting the prime minister, you don’t seem to care who leaked it.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest danced around the question.

Mr. Henry should know the answer.  The reason the Administration isn't looking for the leaker is they know exactly where it came from, President Obama. It may not have passed from the President's mouth to Goldberg's ears but Barack Obama was the puppeteer whose strings controlled the mouth that spoke to Goldberg.

Make no mistake, the Goldberg story was meant as a message to Netanyahu. The White House may have walked it back a tad, but only because the message wasn't meant for the U.S. public or the mainstream media----it was meant for Israel.

You see, Barack Obama does not like Benjamin Netanyahu and it's personal. Our thin-skinned President doesn't like anyone who disagrees with him. Bibi not only disagreed with him but he proved Obama wrong from the very beginning.

Obama doesn't understand why Administration pressure isn't working for him as it had with other Presidents. When Yitzhak Shamir fought with George H.W Bush his government fell and he was voted out of office. The same thing happened during Bibi's first term as Premier.  When he didn't give Bill Clinton the concessions he wanted Netanyahu's coalition failed and he was booted from office.  Obama is angry that he couldn't to the same with this Netanyahu government.

But Obama doesn't understand what happened to Israel since US Presidents helped to force those PMs out of office. Those government changes brought the failed Oslo peace efforts which brought the second intifada, the withdrawal from Lebanon that brought the war with Hezbollah, and eventually under Sharon years later the withdrawal from Gaza which brought three wars with Hamas. 

Obama misjudged Israelis from day one. What the President and his advisers perceived as a minor concession, a settlement freeze, was not perceived by Israel as a minor concession. This was a major error by the administration.

As part of his early settlement demand Obama informed the Israeli government that written assurances given to it by the Bush Administration about U.S. policy, given in response to prior Israeli concessions, were no longer in effect. One of those assurances was that Israel could expand existing settlements in Judea and Samaria and could build new ones in Jerusalem. The settlement demand was a lesson from Obama that assurances from American governments have a very short expiration date. Their insistence for a freeze and the constant public berating of the Jewish State has turned the Israeli population against Obama at the beginning of his administration, especially the Israeli "left" who a U.S. President would look to for support.

Then came the Obama Cairo speech in 2009. There Obama spoke of the Holocaust as a reason for the Jewish State, echoing the anti-Israel narrative that Jews had no historic right to the land, but were only given a state because of European guilt. He repeated that claim when he visited Buchenwald on his way back home from Cairo, "The aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted," he said, "in a tragic history" that culminated in the Shoah."

It also didn't go unnoticed that Obama went from Cairo to Germany and purposely avoided Israel.

There were other early actions that alienated the Israeli public,  during his first week of office  he sat down with Al-Arabiya Arab TV, Ignored Palestinian Terror and indicated that the Israeli government had no desire for peace. During the second month of his first term his Secretary of State  Hilary Clinton demanded that Israel open border crossings to terrorists.

Each one of the above early actions generated more support for Netanyahu and mistrust for Obama from the Israeli public. Each one of those early actions convinced the Israeli public that their country should stand up to the American President and each time Israel stood up to Obama, the POTUS got angrier that his will wasn't being obeyed and angrier Israeli voters weren't abandoning their Prime Minister.

This cycle, Obama throwing Israel and Netanyahu under the bus generating more Israeli support for Bibi instead of damaging his coalition continues through today just look at Israel's objections Obama's negotiations with Iran, and his criticism of Operation Protective Edge where Israel and Egypt blocked the U.S. from leading the ceasefire negotiations.

In his Atlantic article Jeff Goldberg wrote that Netanyahu has “written off” the Obama Administration. He is only partly correct.  The majority of Israeli citizens have “written off” the Obama Administration, and with good reason.

On the third day of his administration, Obama met with congressional leaders to discuss the proposed stimulus plan. When Eric Cantor raised objections to some of the items the President said, "I won. So I think on that one, I trump you." It was a warning to the GOP that he did not want to negotiate he expected to be obeyed.  And because they didn't obey, ever since he's been orating against them to the American people and the world

The same thing happened with Israel. At the beginning of his administration Obama actions were a signal that he must be obeyed. But the Prime Minister wouldn't kneel down to his demands and the Israeli people wouldn't oust the Premier. This thin-skinned President does not react well to being disobeyed.  That more than anything caused the anger driving Obama to "call" Netanyahu "chickenshit."







Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Listen Tonight 10/29 The Humpday News Report @10PM EDT-W/Guest Kerry Picket of Breitbart News

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Currently an investigative reporter at Breitbart.com, Picket previously reported for The Washington Times Opinion Page.

Before that, she produced news content for Robin Quivers of “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius satellite radio, wrote entertainment news for MTV Radio and worked as a production assistant at MTV.com.
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Picket has been interviewing political news makers and has followed campaigns and elections in the field for almost 15 years

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Josh Earnest Tries To Turn "Chickenshit" Into Chicken Salad

It had to happen, the very first question at today's White House press briefing was about the the "chickenshit" comment made about Bibi Netanyahu by a senior White House official published in the Atlantic by Jeff Goldberg.

Notice in the video below that the White House Press Secretary doesn't deny the smear was made. Notice the hard time Earnest has with his own words, as if he didn't believe them himself.
Darlene Superville, Associated Press: Is it appropriate for a senior administration official to refer to the Israeli Prime Minister as chicken**** and does that description represent the view of the administration at large up to and including the president?

Earnest: Well, Darlene, as a general matter, not related to that story, I will tell you that my job often involves taken the product you just described and turning it into chicken salad. So, I will do my best to answer your question in a straightforward way.

The fact is that comments like that do not reflect the administration's view and we do believe that they are counterproductive. The prime minister and the president have forged an effective partnership. They consult closely and frequently and did so as recently as this month here at the White House in the Oval Office...

Superville: Speaker Boehner just issued a pretty strong statement where he says that the president is the one who sets the tone for administration and that an administration official who would say something like this should basically be shown the door. So, does the president know who said that? Will there be any sorts of consequences for that person?

It's a pretty interesting observation by the Speaker of the House who you all know has a penchant for using some pretty salty language himself. So it is a little rich to have a lecture about profanity from the Speaker of the House.

Reporter (off camera): Has he ever said that about the prime minister or the president?

Earnest: I don't know, you would have to ask him.

Reporter: You're making a direct comparison.

Earnest: He has reportedly said that about the Majority Leader of the United States Senate. As long as we are talking about respect, I think that is notable. I will say that as a general matter that I am not aware of who made those comments to Mr.[Jeffery] Goldberg. I do not know if the president knows who made those comments. I would be surprised if he did.


Newsbusted: Obama-Even Though Canadian Shooter Was Muslim, It Doesn't Mean He Was Islamic

President Obama was quick to send condolences to our friends in Canada when a Muslim shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the Canadian War memorial and tried to attack the country's parliament.  As explained by Newsbusted Anchor Jodie Miller (see video below) one part of the President's comments weren't reported by the mainstream media.  Echoing his comments about ISIS the POTUS made sure to say that even though the Canadian shooter was a Muslim with connections to terrorists, it didn't mean he was Islamic.

Other news items covered in the latest installment of Newsbusted the twice- weekly faux news feature from Newsbusters.org (embedded below) include; Candy Crowley's Halloween Special; Kathryn Ruemmler takes herself out of AG consideration; Obama's low popularity ; and much, much more.

Please make sure you watch the video below because something bad always happens to the people who don't. Last week Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu forgot to press play and now President Obama calls him a "chickenshit." So if you do not want the leader of the free world to call you a "chickenshit" you better press play.

Oh and if you cannot see the video player below please click here

Obama's War On Israel And The 'Chickenshit' Democrats

On Tuesday the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg wrote an essay called, The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here, that began:
The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.
(...)The relationship between these two administrations— dual guarantors of the putatively “unbreakable” bond between the U.S. and Israel—is now the worst it's ever been, and it stands to get significantly worse after the November midterm elections. By next year, the Obama administration may actually withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations, but even before that, both sides are expecting a showdown over Iran, should an agreement be reached about the future of its nuclear program.
Washington insiders understand that this was no rogue senior Obama official; it was a direct intended message/threat from the President which was leaked to Mr. Goldberg on purpose. The official went on to say that Netanyahu's threats about possibly attacking Iran weren't real because Bibi, who served in Israel's special forces on the front lines in two wars, was a coward.

Without knowing Goldberg's column was coming later in the day Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal pointed out on Tuesday:
Since coming to office in 2009, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed, against his own inclination and over the objections of his political base, to (1)recognize a Palestinian state; (2) enforce an unprecedented 10-month settlement freeze; (3) release scores of Palestinian prisoners held on murder charges; (4) embark on an ill-starred effort to reach a final peace deal with the Palestinians; (5) refrain from taking overt military steps against Iran; and (6) agree to every possible cease-fire during the summer’s war with Hamas.
Goldberg's article instantly went viral. Less than twelve hours after it was posted a Google brought up 9,490 references when Netanyahu+Chickenshit was searched.

As the Atlantic piece began to filter through Washington, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement that said in part:
  “ISIS is on a rampage through the Middle East, slaughtering innocents and committing mass murder while plotting to kill more Americans. The priority of the Obama administration should be defeating our enemies; instead they are once again insulting our allies. It’s inexplicable and dangerous.
This administration consistently gets it wrong on foreign policy. Instead of taking the ISIS threat seriously, President Obama called them the “JV" team. Now, instead of working with our allies in the region to protect democracy and innocent lives, the administration is hurling expletives at Prime Minister Netanyahu."
From the DNC there was nothing! It could be understood that the party itself would be silent, but there was nothing from individual Democratic party members of congress who claim to be pro-Israel.

Actually this is nothing new, it has been true ever since this President came into office and began his anti-Israel polices, those so-called supporters of Israel in the Democratic Party have been silent. As the Obama/Hillary team threw out an agreement between Israel and the United States they were silent. When Obama left Netanyahu to sit and stew in a White House conference room for hours they said nothing. When this President said that negotiations should start with Israel going back to the 1949 armistice lines rather than making it a negotiation point their heads were in the sand.

When the DNC on Obama's direction removed four pro-Israel provisions from their 2012 platform and only one was put back all you could hear was crickets. (The four removed items were: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not negotiating with Hamas till they renounce terror, refugees should be repatriated into Palestinian territories not Israel; and the need for adjustments to the 1949 armistice lines. The only one put back was the plank on Jerusalem). When Obama used Hamas-provided numbers to unfairly criticized Israel for civilian casualties during Operation Protective Edge no one, not one of these Democratic Party supporters of Israel stood up before the cameras and said, this is wrong! There are plenty other examples of Obama's mistreatment of this close ally.

Republicans spoke out--- Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Peter Roskam, Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, and many, many more stood up and criticized Obama for his unfair treatment of the only Democracy in the Middle East.

Debbie Wasserman Shultz Chairman of the DNC, who went around the country in 2012 proclaiming that Obama was a friend of Israel never offered criticism. Chuck Schumer who never met a TV camera he didn't live cameras or Israel enough to speak out. Jerrold Nadler who shows up to speak at every pro-Israel rally he can find never showed up when it counted. Even Steve Israel chairman of the DCCC  another supposed friend of the Jewish State who seems to be on TV every day bashing member of the Tea Party hasn't once spoken out bashing Obama's anti-Israel policies.

Despite the fact that many of them claim to support Israel, none, not one of the 240+ Democratic Party members of the House or Senate has had the guts to speak out.  Not one has said, I agree with most of Obama's policies but on Israel he is wrong. A true friend, a true supporter would stand up against Obama's unfair attacks and policy on Israel, but Democrats can't even generate the courage to speak in an election year when their party isn't doing well.

If anyone is "chickenshit" it is those silent Congressional Democrats who claim to be friends of Israel.